Renewable Matter # 18 / September-October

Recycling is Better than Mining

by Antonella Ilaria Totaro

From the extraction of raw materials to the production of precious metals obtained from recycling electronic and industrial waste. This is the story of a Belgian company that has managed to transform waste into gold.


Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, has recently defined Umicore as “great example of a company that has completely reinvented itself to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”


Employing about 10,000 people and with an €11.1 billion turnover in 2016, Umicore is a stock-market-listed...

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